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The 2018 International Bloggers Bash

Allow me to start this vitally important post by thanking all those involved over the past year with preparing this 2018 version of The Bloggers Bash. Thank you one and all, whom I do not know by names so consider this a grand community thank you gesture from ME to YOU. ALL.

Next: Agenda….

A shout out to Ms. Shelley Wilson….. Visit her blog Shelley Wilson Author please. BUT her books Please.

#BLOGGERSBASH AGENDA

The Bloggers Bash 2018 Agenda Is Live!

It’s hard to believe, but the Bash is less than a month away! Final preparations are underway at Bash Central, including setting the agenda for the day. We’re putting together a great event, including awards, speeches, talks and our popular panel debate, as well as time for networking and getting to know your fellow bloggers.

So, without further ado, here is the agenda for the 2018 Bloggers’ Bash:

10:30-11:15am             Arrival and Registration (including a registration video by Hugh!)

11:15-11:20am             Welcome Speech

11:20am                       The first three awards will be handed out!

Informative, Best Pal, and Hidden Gem

11:45am                       Presentation and Q&A with Ritu, winner of Best Overall Blog in 2017 (Read more about Ritu here)

12:15-1:45pm              Break for lunch/Networking

1:45pm                         Presentation and Q&A with the intrepid founder of the Blogger’s Bash, our very own Sacha Black (read more about Sacha here)

2:15pm                         Three more awards!

Newcomer, Book Reviewer and Inspirational

2:30pm                         Panel Discussion with Blogging Experts. It’s your chance to ask our experts your burning blogging questions. Read more here

3:15pm                         Our four final awards for the day!

Services to Blogging, Funniest, Best Overall, Competition winner

3:45pm                         Closing Speech

4-6pm                          Adjourn to the bar for networking

Still undecided? Head on over to our testimonials post and hear from bloggers who’ve attended in previous years.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all

DON’T MISS OUT! THERE’S STILL TIME TO GET TICKETS:

Tickets (available until 3rd May) £25 pp

Late entry ticket (available between 4th – 18th May) £30 pp

Please take note of the small print:

  • Tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled
  • Tickets are non-transferable
  • Tickets are limited on a first come first served basis
  • Cost of a ticket is for entry to the event only (not for food or anything else)
  • Those buying a ticket agree to comply with any health & safety rules set by the venue and to behave in a way that will not impact upon the enjoyment of other people
  • The Committee reserves the right to change the venue and/or agenda of the event
  • Payment for tickets via PayPal only.

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Join Sacha and the committee on our Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/991165987611263/

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Next comes the 2018 Bloggers Bash Awards stuff……cause thats whats important to most bloggers….well that and actually raising a glass of your favorite beverage……many. many. many. many times.

VOTING IS NOW OPEN #BLOGGERSBASH

VOTING IS NOW OPEN FOR THE BLOGGERS BASH AWARDS (ABBAs)

This is it. The wait is finally over!

The FOURTH Annual Bloggers Bash Awards 2018 are now OPEN FOR VOTING

You can vote HERE.

We had a HUGE number of nominations, so thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate your favourite bloggers.

Voting Closes at midnight on April 30th (GMT). The winners will be announced on May 19th at the Bash in London. If you can’t make it along to the event don’t worry, we will put a winners post out on the evening of the same day. Although we have pingbacks to all the winners blogs it would be best for you to check back to see if you won.

TO THE VOTERS – Choose carefully, you can only vote ONCE per award. There are 9 awards (so this is a long post). Yes, you can vote in eachcategory, but only once in every one.

TO THE NOMINEES – Good luck to you all. Every nomination is really well deserved and as a result, this year we are doing things a little differently. Winners will have their prizes and certificates shipped to them as well as their winner’s badges emailed. However, all nominees will be entitled to a Bloggers Bash nominee badge once the voting is over. 

Don’t forget to follow all the fun in our Facebook group, on Twitter, or using the Hashtag #BloggersBash. We also have a mailing list which ALWAYS gives you the most up to date info before anyone else. 

DisclaimerThe committee has done their best to coordinate the nominations and to ensure, where possible, we gave nominees a choice of which category they wanted to be in. Due to time constraints and limited resources, this may not have always been possible. In addition, the committee is not responsible for the quality of information nominators gave. The committee uses the information it is given. This year we specifically requested the ‘NAME OF YOUR BLOG’ not your first name. Therefore this is what we are displaying. If your name has been displayed incorrectly, you can contact us and request a change by emailing annualbloggersbash@yahoo.co.uk. While the committee will endeavour to make changes promptly we neither guarantee to make those changes nor do we guarantee to do so in a certain time frame. 

Please note, there is usually a large number of comments on this post. Therefore, all the committee will be helping to respond to comments as I’ll be at work when this goes live

Awards:

BEST OVERALL BLOGGER 

Who is the blogger that excels in a variety of categories? Who provides excellent content, is sociable and engaging with readers, shares other posts, or has a writing style that keeps you coming back time and time again?

Whoever you choose needs to be an all-rounder. A blogger that is head and shoulders above the rest as that’s what makes the Best Overall Blogger

FUNNIEST BLOGGER

Which blogger always makes you laugh the most? Whether that’s through humourous content, or their blogging manner. A blogger that has your sides aching from laughter and brightens up the blog-o-sphere is what makes the Funniest Blogger.

MOST INSPIRATIONAL BLOGGER

Who inspires you? Is there a blogger that’s thought provoking and inquisitive? Perhaps they’re a muse to you with the constant provision of inspirational content or imagery. Who’s the one blogger that touched your heart? This is what makes the Most Inspirational Blogger

MOST INFORMATIVE (Original Content) BLOGGER

This award is for the blogger with the most informative and original content. Who creates fascinating content that you find yourself longing to read? Perhaps they’re a history blogger or they write about the craft of writing/blogging, or maybe they like archaeology or wine tasting. They could be an artist or musician. The topic is irrelevant, it’s the original content that counts. A blogger who shares a wealth of knowledge in an informative way is what makes the Most Informative & Original Blogger.

BEST BOOK REVIEW BLOG

There are so many wonderful book bloggers out there, but which one stands out for you? Whose book reviews do you enjoy reading and engaging with? It’s not the number of reviews that’s important, but more about the quality of them. Who has you clicking the ‘buy now’ button after reading a riveting summary, or who has the most thoughtful reviews? A blogger who shares an abundance of book reviews in a memorable way deserves the Best Book Review Blog.

SERVICES TO BLOGGERS

Which blogger goes out of their way to help others? Maybe this is someone who helped you kick-start your blog with tutorials or how-to guides. Perhaps they continually reblog your posts. It could be a blogger who consistently provides useful posts on how to boost your blog. Or maybe you want to nominate someone who provides an engaging platform for others.

Someone who selflessly dedicates themselves to other bloggers is who deserves the Services to Bloggers award.

HIDDEN GEM

Have you stumbled upon a blog by change and discovered useful information, or thought provoking content? Is there a blog that doesn’t get the notoriety they deserve? Maybe they have such an original style you can’t help but read their posts. A blogger who you believe should get the limelight for a change is who deserves the Hidden Gem award.

NEWCOMER BLOGGER

A category for those bloggers who have been blogging less than a year (joined the blog-o-sphere after 1st June 2017). Did they join with a bang? Have they made an impression? Do they engage with readers? Are they funny, or well designed, or maybe share posts that make you smile time after time. A newbie blogger who deserves recognition makes the best Newcomer Blogger.

BEST PAL 

Which blogger do you want to go to the pub with? Or maybe have dinner with? Who never fails to reply to comments, and has thoughtful things to say? Maybe they encourage the community through weekly challenges or blog parties. A blogger who makes the blog-o-sphere a better place is what makes the Best Pal.

That’s it folks!

Remember to get your ticket and to follow us on Facebook or Twitterusing the Hashtag #BloggersBash. We also have a mailing list which ALWAYS gives you the most up to date info before anyone else.

You can vote HERE. It’s TOOOOOOO damn late to vote now cause voting is closed BUTT you can still see who was/is nominated in what categories…..

This is it. The wait is finally over!

The FOURTH Annual Bloggers Bash Awards 2018 are now OPEN FOR VOTING.

We had a HUGE number of nominations, close to 400, so thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate your favourite bloggers.

Voting closes at midnight on April 30th (BST).1 The winners will be announced on May 19th at the Bash in London. If you can’t make it along to the event don’t worry, we will put a winners post out on the evening of the same day and we will also try to live stream from our Facebook Group. Although we have pingbacks to all the winners blogs it would be best for you to check back to see if you won.

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TO THE VOTERS – Choose carefully, you can only vote ONCE per award. There are 9 awards (so this is a long post). Yes, you can vote in each category, but only vote once in every one.

TO THE NOMINEES – Good luck to you all. Every nomination is really well deserved and as a result, this year we are doing things a little differently. Winners will have their prizes and certificates shipped to them as well as their winner’s badges emailed. However, all nominees will be entitled to a Bloggers Bash nominee badge once the voting is over. 

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Don’t forget to follow all the fun in our Facebook group, on Twitter, or using the Hashtag #BloggersBash.

We also have a mailing list which ALWAYS gives you the most up to date info before anyone else. 

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DisclaimerThe committee has done their best to coordinate the nominations and to ensure, where possible, we gave nominees a choice of which category they wanted to be in. Due to time constraints and limited resources, this may not have always been possible. In addition, the committee is not responsible for the quality of information nominators gave. The committee uses the information it is given. This year we specifically requested the ‘NAME OF YOUR BLOG’ not your first name. Therefore this is what we are displaying. If your name has been displayed incorrectly, you can contact us and request a change by emailing annualbloggersbash@yahoo.co.uk. While the committee will endeavour to make changes promptly we neither guarantee to make those changes nor do we guarantee to do so in a certain time frame. 

Please note, there is usually a large number of comments on this post. Therefore, all the committee will be helping to respond to comments as I’ll be at work when this goes live!

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Remember to get your ticket for the bash.

TO THE VOTE

 

BEST OVERALL BLOGGER 

Who is the blogger that excels in a variety of categories? Who provides excellent content, is sociable and engaging with readers, shares other posts, or has a writing style that keeps you coming back time and time again?

Whoever you choose needs to be an all-rounder. A blogger that is head and shoulders above the rest as that’s what makes the Best Overall Blogger.

 

Nominees: Retirement ReflectionsDaddy And DadJenny in NeverlandLife, Books, and More…I’m A Writer, Yes, I Am!Me and My BooksGin & LemonadeLinda’s Book BagA Brummie Home and AbroadBut I Smile Anyway…Smorgasbord-Variety is the Spice of LifeSue Vincent’s Daily Echo, I’m Sick and So Are You

Best Overall Blogger 2018 (Poll Closed)

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FUNNIEST BLOGGER

Which blogger always makes you laugh the most? Whether that’s through humourous content or their blogging manner. A blogger that has your sides aching from laughter and brightens up the blog-o-sphere is what makes the Funniest Blogger.

 

Nominees: Professional MoronBarb TaubMonster in the next roomThe Tattooed book geekWhinge Whinge WineHot mess memoirMidlife SmartsFatty McCupcakesShallow Reflections, The Cynical Sailor & His Salty SidekickDown The Hall on Your LeftThe Phil FactorJen Med’s Book ReviewsJudy E MartinLutheranliar Looks at Life

Funniest Blogger 2018 (Poll Closed)

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MOST INSPIRATIONAL BLOGGER

Who inspires you? Is there a blogger that’s thought-provoking and inquisitive? Perhaps they’re a muse to you with the constant provision of inspirational content or imagery. Who’s the one blogger that touched your heart? This is what makes the Most Inspirational Blogger.

 

Nominees: Ali – The Dragon SlayerDinosaurs Donkeys and MsErika KindMemoirs of Miss WavesTina FriscoLondon UnattachedSage Wolfsong CreationsUnfold and Begin.comJill’s Book CafeLike Mercury CollidingOut an’ AboutMy Dad Is a GoldfishMumofthree WorldHalf Baked In ParadiseRachna saysBrilliance WithinWords In the Light, SYL65’S BLOGChocolate’n’WafflesYou Are Awesome, Robbie’s InspirationLove Books Group

Most Inspirational Blogger 2018 (Poll Closed)

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MOST INFORMATIVE (Original Content) BLOGGER5

This award is for the blogger with the most informative and original content. Who creates fascinating content that you find yourself longing to read? Perhaps they’re a history blogger or they write about the craft of writing/blogging, or maybe they like archaeology or wine tasting. They could be an artist or musician. The topic is irrelevant, it’s the original content that counts. A blogger who shares a wealth of knowledge in an informative way is what makes the Most Informative & Original Blogger.

 

Nominees: Beauty Balm,  Chat about booksBibliobethA Writer’s PerspectiveWhen Women InspireMombianchrismcmullenNotebooks and GlassesHouse of HeartthoughtsofjustafanJennifer GilmourTrick BesidesOdds n Sods: A cabinet of curiositiesTalk About Pop MusicSizzling Towards 60 and BeyondThe Book TrailThe Cobweborium EmporiumPostcard ReviewsWild DaffodilAn Historian About TownGlobal Housesitter x 2Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

Most Informative (Original Content) Blogger 2018 (Poll Closed)

 

BEST BOOK REVIEW BLOG2

There are so many wonderful book bloggers out there, but which one stands out for you? Whose book reviews do you enjoy reading and engaging with? It’s not the number of reviews that are important, but more about the quality of them. Who has you clicking the ‘buy now’ button after reading a riveting summary, or who has the most thoughtful reviews? A blogger who shares an abundance of book reviews in a memorable way deserves the Best Book Review Blog.

Nominees: Between the LinesStory SnugCleopatra Loves BooksCrimeBookJunkieThe Book OwlThe Bookworm DrinkethGrab This BookHeavenaliLisa’s RamblingsThe Book Review CafeSwirl and ThreadOlga Author TranslatorRead It DaddyStefLoz Book ReviewsBlack Books Blog, The Vagaries of UsWhispering StoriesBooks n All Book PromotionsBiblioManiacdamppebbles.comFather Reading Every DayJo&IsalovebooksmychestnutreadingtreeAnne Bonny Book Reviews

Best Book Review Blogger 2018 (Poll Closed)

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SERVICES TO BLOGGERS1

Which blogger goes out of their way to help others? Maybe this is someone who helped you kick-start your blog with tutorials or how-to guides. Perhaps they continually reblog your posts. It could be a blogger who consistently provides useful posts on how to boost your blog. Or maybe you want to nominate someone who provides an engaging platform for others.

Someone who selflessly dedicates themselves to other bloggers is who deserves the Services to Bloggers award.

Nominees: Bang2WriteMakeItUltraEm LinthorpeAnnette Rochelle AbenPortobello Book BlogThe Militant NegroNicholas C. RossisRosie AmberAlways Trust In BooksTwo Drops of Ink:A Literary BlogCompulsive Readersbytheletterbookreviews

Services To Bloggers 2018 (Poll Closed)

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HIDDEN GEM

Have you stumbled upon a blog by chance and discovered useful information or thought-provoking content? Is there a blog that doesn’t get the notoriety they deserve? Maybe they have such an original style you can’t help but read their posts. A blogger who you believe should get the limelight for a change is who deserves the Hidden Gem award.

Nominees: So Many Books, So Little TimeA Mindful TravelerA Simpler Grace,  Bookliterati Book ReviewsRetired? No-one told me!The DreampackerKalifornicationXtherebemonstershere.comFiction Is FoodJane Dougherty WritesMeadowtree Style,  Must Hike Must Eat, Image Earth TravelBook Lovers’ BooklistBeing In NatureTeagan’s Books, Sarah TebbThe Tennis FoodieOff-The-Shelf BooksWillowdot21Deb’s WorldUnbound RootsWheelescapadesNovel DeelightsThe Quiet KnitterQueer Little Family

Hidden Gem 2018 (Poll Closed)

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NEWCOMER BLOGGER

A category for those bloggers who have been blogging less than a year (joined the blog-o-sphere after 1st June 2017). Did they join with a bang? Have they made an impression? Do they engage with readers? Are they funny, or well designed, or maybe share posts that make you smile time after time. A newbie blogger who deserves recognition makes the best Newcomer Blogger.

Nominees: A Knight’s ReadsThe Daily Tales of Gregg SavageKatie’s Book CaveLoving the Fifty Somethingsarahsthinkingagain, The Horror ClubMy Plaid HeartZooloo’s Book BlogLosing the PlotThe Beardy Book BloggerOver The Rainbow Book Blog

Best Newcomer 2018 (Poll Closed)

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BEST PAL 

Which blogger do you want to go to the pub with? Or maybe have dinner with? Who never fails to reply to comments, and has thoughtful things to say? Maybe they encourage the community through weekly challenges or blog parties. A blogger who makes the blog-o-sphere a better place is what makes the Best Pal.

Nominees: BookwitchAnnika Perry’s Writing Blogcollenchesebro.comAnita Dawes and Jaye MarieDare To Live CourageouslyLadies living in BooklandRachael’s ThoughtswitlessdatingafterfiftyA Chronic VoiceBooks From Dusk Till DawnBeing AnneD. G. KayeInvisible-no-MorethewanderingdarlingsFrom Michigan to GermanyA Walk and A LarkJust Another Blog From a Womanfancypaper

Best Pal 2018 (Poll Closed)

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That’s it folks!

Remember to get your ticket and to follow us on Facebook or Twitterusing the Hashtag #BloggersBash. We also have a mailing list which ALWAYS gives you the most up to date info before anyone else.

Allow me to introduce you to Ms. HELEN JONES who has put together this peach of a blog post on The 2018 Bloggers Bash…..

Meet Our Guest Speakers For The Annual Bloggers Bash 2018

We’re delighted to introduce our two guest speakers for the 2018 Annual Bloggers Bash. Details of the final agenda will be released soon so keep an eye out for future posts. 

Our first speaker is well known and loved in blogging circles and was the proud winner of Best Overall Blog at last year’s event.

Meet Ritu from But I Smile Anyway

Ritu will be sharing her top tips from a working mother on how to keep your blog running smoothly and giving it plenty of attention without abandoning your family and real life too!

Connect with Ritu via:

Twitter

Facebook

Blog

Our second speaker is another well known blogger and author as well as being the Boss Lady/Captain/List Writer Extraordinaire/Chief Whip Cracker of the Bloggers Bash Awards.

Meet Sacha from Sacha Black

Sacha will be talking about the importance of mailing lists and how we can utilise them as bloggers and writers to the greatest advantage for our blogging stats and book sales.

Connect with Sacha via:

Twitter

Facebook

Blog

There will be a chance to ask Ritu and Sacha a few questions after their talks.

Don’t miss out on this informative and fun day – BUY your ticket today.

WHAT IS THE BASH?

If you’ve never attended a Blogger Bash event before then you’re in for a treat. Created by Sacha Black and aided by her intrepid committee of eight bloggers, the Bash is open to any blogger, regardless of age or niche. Previous events have included speakers, competitions, a panel, and attendees from all over the UK, Europe, the US, and Canada.

There will be an opportunity to network, eat cake, and meet some amazing online friends in person! The event takes place in a single day, and you’ll be guaranteed a fantastic time and a sore face from all of the smiling that you’ll do!

Timings and the exact breakdown of the day will be available closer to the event, but it will start mid-morning and end in the evening. We will also announce the winners of the Bloggers Bash Awards, which you, the blogging public, vote for. You can see last year’s winners here.

GREENSTORY SPONSOR THE BASH

This year, the awards are being sponsored by Greenstory – a fantastic eco-friendly company who are awarding each of the winners with a STONE notebook… Yes, a notebook actually made of stone. For more details, check out Suzie’s review of the notebook here or their website here.

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Join Sacha and the committee on our Facebook Group

You can also join us for our Twitter Hour on the first Sunday of the month from 7pm-8pm using the hashtag #BlogBashChat or join in the conversation on Twitter by using the #BloggersBash hashtag.

There’s still time to enter our Bloggers Bash Competition and be in with a chance to win £100 in Amazon vouchers. Find out more here.

DON’T FORGET TO BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW, find out how, here.

There’s still time to nominate your fave bloggers so they’re in with a chance of winning a bloggers bash award. You can nominate here.

In closing I’d like to thank special, The Queen lady Herself……

Now I’ve never met Ms. Black, never spoken to her BUT by all accounts I hear, she is a beautiful human being as well as being a gorgeous woman. YES. I noticed how damn good looking she is…so SUE me. She works to make sure bloggers have a place, time and event to look forward to yearly. Thank you Ms. Sacha Black.

I can not attend this years Bash but……I have planned to sail to the UK next year, thats 2019 for those of you no too bright, and I will be attending the 2019 Bloggers Bash IN PERSON….well thats if I am still breathing oxygen on planet earth. So THAT news alone should skyrocket The Bloggers Bash 2-19 ticket sale thru the fuckin roof……

OR NOT.

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